By Michelle Phi
The secret to having healthy hair year-round is to protect it, no matter if you have chemically treated hair, or if you’re sporting an au naturale look. In some cases, this means a simple spritz of a product, but depending on what your locks are like, you may need to take a few extra precautions. These are some ways to keep your tresses in tip top shape, no matter the season or style.
Wash Your Hair Less Often
Washing your hair daily can cause it to dry out, look dull and lose its shine since you’re essentially stripping your strands of its essential oils. Instead, try washing your hair every other day and freshen your locks up by using a dry shampoo, preferably one that matches your color, so you can avoid leftover residue from these products. If neither dry shampoo nor baby powder is available, throwing your hair up into a simple pony or securing your bangs back—if you have them—with a bobby pin, will also do the trick.
Use A Mild Shampoo To Keep Hair From Drying Out
If you wash your hair every day, use a shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate-free, such as One ’n Only™ Argan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo to prevent dryness. Sulfate-free formulas don’t lather, but don’t worry, they still cleanse your hair and wash away buildup.
To keep your hair at peak health, be wary of using clarifying shampoos. It’s okay to use them every so often, but since they’re designed to remove product buildup, it can also strip the moisture from your hair, causing it to look dry and dull.
Rinse With Cool Water
Steamy showers may help you unwind after a long day, but hot water isn’t the best for hair health, especially when it comes to rinsing. However, you don’t have to shiver through an entirely cold shower, says Salma Bar, hairstylist and owner of Sexy Bold Looks in Studio City, California. “It’s not really bad to wash your hair with hot water,” Bar said. “As long as you rinse with cold water to close the hair cuticles, you’ll be fine.” By closing the hair cuticles, it keeps the moisture locked in your hair and prevents it from drying out and looking dull.
Protect the Color Before Using Heated Tools
Heat is a huge contributor to damaged hair. Whether you’re using a blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron, or any other heating tools, without protection these can cause your hair to dry out—and split ends are never in style.
Before using any type of heating tools, spray your hair with a heat-protecting product, like One ‘n Only™ Argan Oil Thermal Shine Spray. If you find yourself without any heat-protecting sprays or serums and in need of a little blow out, use the cool button on your BaBylissPRO Rapido dryer to achieve the same look—minus the heat. Or, if you want a no-fuss curly or wavy look, just towel dry and braid your damp hair; or use rollers and air-dry to create a more voluptuous style.
Changing your hairstyle gives you a fresh, beautiful look for any season. Include these simple strategies in your beauty routine for healthier and vibrant looking hair.